The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet

The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet

by A. D. Cousins
     
 

ISBN-10: 052173553X

ISBN-13: 9780521735537

Pub. Date: 02/03/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Beginning with the early masters of the sonnet form, Dante and Petrarch, the Companion examines the reinvention of the sonnet across times and cultures, from Europe to America. In doing so, it considers sonnets as diverse as those by William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, George Herbert and e. e. cummings. The chapters explore how we think of the sonnet as a 'lyric'…  See more details below

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Beginning with the early masters of the sonnet form, Dante and Petrarch, the Companion examines the reinvention of the sonnet across times and cultures, from Europe to America. In doing so, it considers sonnets as diverse as those by William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, George Herbert and e. e. cummings. The chapters explore how we think of the sonnet as a 'lyric' and what is involved in actually trying to write one. The book includes a lively discussion between three distinguished contemporary poets – Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson and Meg Tyler – on the experience of writing a sonnet, and a chapter which traces the sonnet's diffusion across manuscript, print, screen and the internet. A fresh and authoritative overview of this major poetic form, the Companion expertly guides the reader through the sonnet's history and development into the global multimedia phenomenon it is today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521735537
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/03/2011
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction A. D. Cousins and Peter Howarth
1. Contemporary poets and the sonnet:
a trialogue Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson and Meg Tyler
2. The sonnet and the lyric mode Heather Dubrow
3. The sonnet, subjectivity, and gender Diana Henderson
4. The English sonnet in manuscript, print and mass media Arthur F. Marotti and Marcelle Freiman
5. European beginnings and transmissions:
Dante, Petrarch, and the sonnet sequence William J. Kennedy
6. Desire, discontent, parody:
the love sonnet in early modern England Catherine Bates
7. Shakespeare's sonnets A. D. Cousins
8. Sacred desire, forms of belief:
the religious sonnet in early modern Britain Helen Wilcox
9. Survival and change:
the sonnet from Milton to the Romantics R. S. White
10. The Romantic sonnet Michael O'Neill
11. The Victorian sonnet Matthew Campbell
12. The modern sonnet Peter Howarth
13. The contemporary sonnet Stephen Burt
Bibliography Marea Mitchell.

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